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Jacob Have I Loved Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2000
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"With wry humor, Sara Louise recalls her turbulent adolescence on Rass Island and her intense jealousy of her twin sister. Strength of characterization and memorable external and internal action mark this superbly crafted novel about a quest for self-knowledge." -- "1991 Newbery Committee" (ALA)"A novel of special brilliance."-- "New York Times Book Review""Simply irresistible."-- "Publishers Weekly"
From the Back Cover
Louise has had enough of her twin sister. Caroline is beautiful. Caroline is talented. Caroline is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass in Chesapeake Bay, Caroline seems to do nothing but take from Louise: their parents' love, Louise's chances for an education, her dreams for the future. They have spent their lives entwined -- sleeping in the same room, eating at the same table, learning in the same classroom -- and yet somehow nothing can bring them together. Louise's only hope lies in seeking a place for herself beyond the stretch of Rass's shores and her sister's shadow. What will it take for her to break free?
Top Customer Reviews
Every child should read Jacob Have I Loved, especially those who resent their siblings because they think their sisters or brothers are smarter, more attractive or more talented then they are. The story will allow children in that situation to empathize with Louise and better understand that they have talents that they may have not yet recognized. Paterson's book was intended for children, but it would be a good book for parents and teachers to read also. It will help adults to understand children who may have not yet reached their full potential and are jealous of those who have.
I had a hard time starting this book. The beginning was a little rough, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I read half the book in one sitting, until I reached the part where Louise, Cal, and the Captain were preparing to drown more than a dozen cats--which were pets, by the way, not just strays. I was totally turned off by this, but when I read further, the cats were spared and adopted by various families on the island. (Ironically, a storm later wiped a lot of them out.)
The book won the Newbery Medal in 1981 and was later made into a TV movie in 1989. I never saw the movie, but I would definitely recommend this book to 13+ year-old girls who can relate to Louise and/or love the East Coast, particularly the Chesapeake Bay area.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for young adults,
Tells a story about life lessons.
I Loved It
The description about the story said that it was primarily about sibling rivalry. I actually thought that was a minor portion of the plot. Read morePublished 23 days ago by ann
Real characters, feelings, struggles, & life issues make this a real gem of a book. Yes, it's geared in many ways to a younger female audience. But Ms. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Chuck***
The prologue was somewhat clunky, but once you're in the the first few chapters, this story just gets better and better. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Brown Thumb
This book is one of my favorites, and good for all ages. Sara Louise is struggling immensely but finds peace. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Caroline Bond
I have a younger sister who I am not very fond of. She is six and very chattery and annoying.The main thing is that I am a neat freak and she knows it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bailey Ricki
Beautifully written, but quite sad, and perhaps not too well-received for that, given the modern focus on happy-ending love stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dione Basseri
I don't know how this book showed up in my recommended list, but I'm so glad it did! I'm happy to see that it's still in print. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lutie C. Allen
This is one of those books I never got around to reading. I misinterpreted the title as a love story. This is a very entertaining tale.Published 10 months ago by Linda E Hunt